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ARES SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS
RED-HOT COLUMBUS SWEEPS COTULLA TO END COWGIRLS’ SEASON.
Cotulla’s magical playoff ride came to an abupt end at the hands of the Columbus Lady Cardinals last week as the team was swept in an area playoff series in Kenedy.
The Cowgirls, District 28-3A champions and bi-district champions, had the unfortunate luck of running into a hot Columbus squad in the second round of the postseason.
Columbus was the runner-up in District 25-3A, a district that saw all four teams win their first round playoff. The Lady Cardinals tied for first but lost in seeding to state-ranked Halletsville. Both teams are in the regional quarterfinal round and Halletsville is playing Vanderbilt Industrial this week, the fourth place team from 25-3A.
“As their coach, I can say I’m proud of their effort and hard working throughout the entire season,” Cotulla Head Coach George Martinez said. “On that note, I feel that this last weekend against Columbus, our girls continued their fight, but at this state in the game any simple mistake is magnified against a fundamentally sound opponent.
“Keep in mind, this was the first loss for our team since February 27, that alone speaks volumes. It is evident that our team was dominant in our district play, not only in their undefeated season, but from the accolades they have received. The coaches and I are thankful to this group of players, especially our hard working seniors.”
Cotulla opened the area playoff series on Thursday, May 4 and lost a 10-2 decision to the Lady Cardinals. The returned to action in Kenedy on Friday for Game two and were blanked 9-0 as Columbus earned the series sweep.
Cotulla closes out one of the most successful season’s in school history with a 25-5 record overall and 10-0 district championship and a second bi-district title in three seasons. The Cowgirls topped San Antonio West Campus 10-0 in a first round one-game playoff.